Breast Cancer Awareness Month

beta glucanOctober is breast cancer awareness month, helping to spread the message regarding the importance of looking out for the beginning signs of breast cancer.

It is estimated that one in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime making it a disease that leaves hardly anybody’s lives untouched.

However, by finding the disease early, it is a lot more treatable and can be cured entirely, so knowing the steps to take to check your body every now and then could provide vital.

How do you do this?

A majority of people rely on TLC, which stands for touch, look and check. Here’s why:

Touch

It is important to feel your breasts on a regular basis so that you can be aware of any changes.

Having a lump doesn’t always mean that the lump is visible, besides if you get used to doing this on a regular basis, you will be more likely to spot any abnormalities if they do occur.

Look

Looking at your breasts can be just as important as feeling for lumps, as this is what is on the surface.

The most important signs to look out for are any changes in size or shape, your skin changing texture or colour (becoming inflamed), change in the direction of your nipple, nipple discharge or crusting or a rash.

If you find that you can see one of these changes, make an appointment with your GP.

Check

This is just a final reminder to check your breasts on a regular basis.

Doing so can help put your mind at ease, and in the circumstance that you do spot anything unusual, you will be able to visit your GP earlier and either find that this is normal, or get the treatment that you need as soon as possible.